I suspect radio show hosts are professionally predisposed to believing they're being listened to, even in the absence of convincing evidence...
1770 posts • joined 6 Sep 2013
Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock
Re: Why buy from them anyway?
Unless you're hooked on a constant 'upgrade' cycle and depend on expensive credit to support your habit, why would you consider buying a phone from a network provider? The principle rather reminds me of the compulsory rental you used to pay the GPO for the privilege of having a huge ungainly bakelite monstrosity sitting on a hall table ready for the one call a week from a distant elderly relative.
Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend
Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown
Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'
Re: This was the case...
Until the social media giants exercise their rights and prevent third parties publishing colourless images of their trademarks...
Making the tracking optional doesn't really solve the problem - people really don't have any clue about the full consequences of opting in and are unlikely to accept that, say, foreign governments could start influencing their voting intentions as a result. The whole business model needs to be outlawed.
IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project
"Blame the customer" is not new
Back in the old days, I had a vacation job at an IBM sales office; this was a period when the focus was on shifting iron. The cardinal rule was that if a customer asked if an IBM computer could perform a specific task, the answer was always "yes": the hardware could do it and it was the customer's problem to get the software written and if they'd shelled out for an expensive piece of kit and found the task beyond them, it was their lookout.
I couldn't presume to say whether such attitudes persist today, but I would have thought that a contract for delivery of software offered rather more scope for creative interpretation if one were so minded.
Re: Funding cuts lead to this
didnt labour remove police powers to do pretty much anything but fine motorists and victims who defended themselves
I, for one, voted Conservative so that I could destroy, in defense of myself and my family, the vehicles that are responsible for shortening the lives of at least 38,000 people per year without fear of legal retribution.
Mind you, I've got a bad case of buyer's remorse.
Re: I tend to mistrust these attributions
how can you tell the difference?
Well, China has a major state programme in place to control and monitor its citizens' internet access, so there is a reasonable argument that exfiltration of data on such a scale and over such a long period could not have happened without at least tacit facilitation.
Other countries have major state programme in places merely to monitor citizens' internet access, so there is a reasonable argument that exfiltration of data on such a scale and over such a long period could not have happened without their choosing to look the other way.
There's a difference - but whether it's more than semantic, I'm really not sure...
The user has no freedom but to consent
Possibly worth pointing out that there is a little message at the bottom of this page that says:
The real problem is that there still isn't any real alternative to advertising to fund Internet services and it's not clear people would want to use one that involved actual money. Perhaps leaning on Google over privacy might encourage them to find a way.
Re: Guys, guys, Project Fear Mark 75 can be wound up now!
The EU won't ask
Obviously we've been distracted by (to us) more immediate EU issues, but there's been a process going on in the EU to find a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker. That process involves the EU parliament (which we elect and whose various party groupings have been picking their Spitzenkandidaten) and the Council of Ministers (representatives of national governments, which we also elect).
None of this has been much reported in the UK media, though the process has been widely covered in other EU countries. That's a considerably more democratic process than, for example, the appointment of the head of the British civil service.
I would concede that many people in the UK feel remote from the institutions that make decisions that affect them, but that's largely down to the lack of effective regional government in the UK: Transport for the North, for example, has no control over transport in the north and no ability to raise money to provide it; even in London, the Assembly has limited power beyond transport and some joint oversight of the police along with the Home Secretary. That's not the fault of Europe and the Brexit process (it if ever happens) will only concentrate power in Westminster even more.
If other EU countries wish to pursue "ever-closer union", they can. They can't make us join in and in fact only a minority of EU countries actually have aspirations in that direction. Ultimately, there'll have to be a "variable geometry" Europe to keep the project on the road and we have far better prospects if we remain the the EU and help to make that happen than by simply throwing our toys out of the pram.
Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark
I'm old enough to remember when we looked at things with a squarish aspect ratio
Actually, so am I. And there are obviously still quite a few people still content without colour, but having a form factor that's different to most modern content (unless you count mobile phone clips shot vertically) is likely to go down less well with the modern teeny-boppers and the producers of moving picture promotions for popular beat combos, I would have thought.
'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects
those who lack interpersonal skills
... are capable of learning them and deploying them when they're required. Noone is "contributing purely technically" - the world is not yet run by robots, noone has been assimilated, contributors have colleagues and the contribution is supposed in the end to result in some form of human benefit. The definition of "contribution" implies co-operation towards a larger goal. If you don't want to engage with other people, that's fine, but don't expect them to engage with you and accept your generous "contirbutions" or offer you any form of remuneration for them.
Re: So not, Google
we can better protect you
I have cookie persistence disabled which means I get regular warnings from Google that I'm logging in from an unknown device. And now this. They could do with some sort of "I'm not mad enough to store anything of value on a Google server" setting for those of us who don't really care about their "protection", but do find their throw-away services of temporary use from time to time. Sorry, I could do with it, it's clearly of no interest to Google to help me protect myself.
they come out of university with a degree in politics
Given the complete failure of MPs to understand even the political components of the Brexit negotiations, or indeed parliamentary procedure which means that the "meaningful vote" they were promised - fingers crossed behind their backs by the executive - is nothing of the sort, you do wonder whether education of any kind is simply wasted on them.
Microsoft to staff: We remain locked and loaded with US military – and will keep adding voice to AI ethics debate
We can’t expect these new developments to be addressed wisely...
... under any circumstances.
Ironically, the way the US is most likely to be attacked on its home turf is through cyberwarfare. If Microsoft were really that keen on "defence", they have more power in their hands than they seemingly appreciate.
the money will go elsewhere
The same argument gets rolled out in the face of "we shouldn't sell arms to murderous regimes", "people should be paid a living wage", "the environment needs better protection", etc.
Berlin is doing very well, from a shaky start after reunification, and if they don't want it ruined by a Bay Area-style social apocalypse then they've clearly seen what happens when the money is elsewhere and learned a valuable lesson.
Re: QA Prestige
Probably worth adding that an increasing number of senior management types are getting anxious about the potential liability for data breaches and other damage resulting from a failure to immediately apply the latest updates to all of their systems, so IT departments are finding it increasingly difficult to argue they need to hold off until they've checked compatibility or back out changes that are found to have operational consequences. This really means the vendors need more QA, not less - though Microsoft is far from the only culprit in this respect.
Morrisons are responsible for the actions of their employees
If you follow that logic to its conclusion it expalins MGM suing the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
In practice, I would hope responsibility would depend on the extent to which Morrisons were negligent in exercising reasonable controls to prevent such incidents happening. And in that respect, I'm far more concerned that KPMG felt entitled to an entire copy of the company's payroll, without any form of obfuscation, and that their request went apparently unchallenged.
Re: The first thing that struck me
a decade or more to roll out
Not if the browser uses a different DNS service to other local applications - it could be in the next browser update you download. Of couse, this would potentially result in "split-horizon" problems (try to debug a connectivity issue when your local DNS resolver gives you one answer and the browser is getting another) and it simply trades your vulnerability to interception of your DNS requests in transit for vulnerability to slurpage at their destination.
AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor
where a computer can help is the diagnosis
Having had to take relatives with sepsis to hospital on several occasions, an important factor in getting a correct diagnosis is to ensure it's discussed early in the proceedings. A&E doctors are under a lot of pressure and are looking for diagnoses to eliminate rather than additional possibilities. Symptoms of sepsis are not always very clear and if they do suspect sepsis they're likely to have to admit someone, potentially denying a bed to someone else. Which is why there a posters all over emergency departments underlining the danger of sepsis to give patients the benefit of the doubt - it's very tempting to send home someone who does not at that precise moment appear to be seriously ill.
Even if a computer could come up with a reasonably accurate diagnosis (and sepsis is probably a poor candidate) it's still not in a position to make a bed available. And any algorithm is going to have to err on the side of caution: the more caution, the more beds required.
Re: Ringtones are cringworthy
In this age of notification lights and custom vibration, I don't get why ringtones are STILL popular
Some of us need them to locate our phones - in the salad drawer of the fridge, or the garden shed, or the pocket of the coat we put on because yesterday was a bit chilly and then hung up in the spare room - more than we need them to be notified of incoming calls...
Re: We do know some things for sure...
Perhaps the most significant thing we know is that overstretched public services are largely overstretched because of the deterioration of other public services. Last night's Ambulance on BBC 1 was a case in point - emergency vehicles dealing largely with failures in social care for the elderly and the consequences of homelessness. A large part of police time is now spent dealing with mental health problems - and the proportion goes up as the number of police officers goes down.
None of this is going to be solved by technology and any suggestion that it might is just a case of "look over there".
It's only a matter of time...
... before websites don't even need to know your name, they'll be able to infer your identity from all the other information that's been collected on you over time. Unless we poison the well while there's still time, which is what I hope is what's motivating at least some of the pseudonymous subversion.
Once the false identities are out there, it's amazing how persistent they are. I've been getting insurance quotes addressed to Mr. E. Shopper for years now. Years ago, we set up a fake employee, complete with a DDI and write-only answering service, to whom all unsolicited sales calls were routed. He still gets the occasional e-mail, though the phone calls did eventually dry up...
Re: Cross origin iframe's are restricted
They are. But there's nothing stopping script in the outer window replacing the IFRAME with an inline form mimicking the hosted payment form and submitting it to the payment processor after capturing the details, or changing the URL of the IFRAME to a proxy server somewhere that captures the submitted details, or a range of other things...
Because having all the analytics and "engagement" is more important to them than the security of the payment. And, of course, their web designers are bereft without their beloved frameworks.
Auditors generally give a free pass to shopping sites that have a fully-hosted payment page (i.e. it's on a third party site belonging to the payment processor), but they have also, I understand, sometimes extended the same licence to any page where the hosted payment page is included in an IFRAME within the retailers own site where, of course, misbehaving scripts would pretty much have free rein. So even the compliance controls seem to have been lax.
Thanks, Apple, I now embrace my fate
There comes a point in life when you realise you're on an inexorable downhill slope. The other day, that moment came when someone offered me their seat on the bus.
So I'm very grateful to Apple. A world where anyone would contemplate spending £700 on a digital watch in order to that they should never miss an urgent HTML-formatted promotional e-mail from Netflix is one for which I have grown too old and cynical. And poor. Time to switch my mortal coil to "shuffle" and depart in good grace